A patient with hepatitis threw blood at a doctor after being refused methadone

Videotaping births is coming to an end thanks to malpractice fears
Red State Moron, an obstetrician, comments.

Are surgeons liable for men who do not return for postvasectomy semen analysis (PVSA)?
This study suggests that over 40% of men undergoing vasectomy did not return for a PVSA.

Why lawyers object having a physician on a malpractice screening panel
"Lawyers argue that a doctor's presence on the board, if only by dint of having special knowledge, would prejudice the proceeding against patients. They want claims screened by a single judge experienced in such cases, a proposal that's anathema to physicians."

Again I ask, how are non-physicians supposed to determine what is malpractice? Perhaps I'll go to ...


Canada publishes guidelines for wait times

"By increasing the number and complexity of the services they provide, doctors can maintain or increase their incomes even if the fee for each procedure is reduced."
This was said in response to the outcry surrounding the impending cut in Medicare reimbursements. What ignorance. As a physician, I only code what I see during a visit. I cannot magically "increase the complexity of the service I ...


Canada weighs free health care versus long waits
"Americans who flock to Canada for cheap flu shots often come away impressed at the free and first-class medical care available to Canadians, rich or poor. But tell that to hospital administrators constantly having to cut staff for lack of funds, or to the mother whose teenager was advised she would have to wait up to three years for surgery to repair ...


The President's push for malpractice reform is hitting roadblocks
"Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-Tenn.), a vocal advocate for the proposal, has tacitly acknowledged that the legislation will have to be altered, perhaps significantly, if it is to succeed. Speaking to obstetrician and gynecologists at the Capitol recently, first said he would consider many kinds of changes in the original bill -- including breaking with Bush and seeking a ...


A 74-year old doctor is HIV+ from a blood transfusion
The risks of transmitting HIV via a transfusion is one in 2.1 million.

A blind student earns his M.D.
Amazing. Medical school is hard enough for those with their vision intact.

Pharmacies are ordered to fill oral contraceptive prescriptions
"Gov. Rod Blagojevich approved an emergency rule Friday requiring pharmacies to fill birth control prescriptions quickly after a Chicago pharmacist refused to fill an order because of moral opposition to the drug."

Physicians go 0-for-3 in New Hampshire
Three lawyer-friendly malpractice bills are passed in the House.

"Cyberchondriacs" are becoming more common, coming to the doctor's office with print-outs and demands for cures that may not be available

The Pope is in grave condition
It appears that the Pope is suffering from an episode of urosepsis. The articles states that he has elected to stay at home, rather be transported to a hospital.

Treatment at this time involves intravenous antibiotics. With a description of septic shock (i.e. the inability to maintain a blood pressure due to the infection spreading to the blood), ...


The UK has a 56-hour work week limit for residents
Kind of puts the 80-hour limit we have here to shame.

Medicare doesn't get it
"Spending grew as doctors saw patients more frequently, did more tests and provided more in-office drugs than expected.

In addition to increasing premiums, the higher-than-expected spending on doctor services last year might hamper physician efforts to win a pay increase instead of a cut from Medicare next year."

This is a no-win situation for everyone involved. The government is blaming the physicians ...


People are dying because of emergency room waits
11 percent of patients leave the ER because the waits were too long (8 to 9 hours in Ontario). A case in point was a 24-year old with meningitis. After waiting 8 hours without being seen, she went home and later died.

These problems are not confined to Canada, but reflective of a larger problem.

A hospital is urging patients who had recent colonoscopies to get tested for hepatitis and HIV because the instruments may not have been disinfected adequately
One instrument you want to be sure is disinfected properly would be a colonoscope.

A doctor was sued after penis lengthening surgery ruined the patient's libido
"Eric Neuberger, 31, contends his pre-operation libido let him 'engage in intercourse approximately 30 to 50 times a month.'

But his sexual appetite was destroyed by Dr. Rodney Barron's work, Neuberger said."

Not sure that phalloplasty commonly causes a decreased libido. Any urologists care to comment?

Another case of PML hits the MS drug Tysabri
PML is a rare demylinating disease that occurs in 6 per 10 million patients. This is the third case that is associated with Tysabri. Investors are not happy.

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